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How to choose a scooter for adults?

How to choose a scooter for adults

Many people see scooters as vehicles for teenagers, mainly because of the young ages at which you can ride them. However, they're also suitable for adults who might not need a car but still need a vehicle for getting around. There are fewer restrictions on what kind of scooter you can buy if you're over the age of 18, so here is all the information you need on how to choose a scooter for adults.


Regardless of whether you're over 18 or not, you still need some level of training to be able to ride a scooter. At the very minimum this means passing a CBT, but if you're over 19 then passing your full motorbike test gives you access to motorbikes with engines up to 500cc in size. That said, taking a CBT can still be useful because it's much cheaper and quicker than a full test, and can be a good way of gauging whether you will like riding a scooter.

The other thing to remember is that if you passed your car driving test before 1st February 2001 then you don't actually need to sit a CBT to ride scooters that are 50cc and lower. It also means that you don't have to display L-plates on the scooter. However, you do still need to pass a CBT if you want to ride anything more powerful than a 50cc.

Engine size

You can start riding scooters at the age of 16, but as many people are aware, you are limited in the size of the engine. At 17 this restriction is increased to 125cc scooters, but once you turn 19 you have access to a much greater range of engine sizes, but it also means you will have to get your full motorbike licence.

Here at Direct Bikes, we sell scooters and motorbikes up to 125cc in engine size. These are ideal for adult riders because you only need a CBT to get on the road, and they're cheap and easy to run. A 125cc scooter will likely cover all your needs for a vehicle, as ours all have a top speed of around 60mph, which is fine for the majority of journeys. They're also cheap to insure and tax, and much more fuel-efficient than a car.


Obviously you will need insurance for your scooter regardless of your age, but one benefit of being an adult looking to buy a scooter is that the insurance will be considerably cheaper. Age is one of the major rating factors in insurance, and so being classed as an adult will make quite a difference. Also, it theoretically means you'll have more experience on the road, which will bring the price down even more. We offer to compare the insurance market to find the best deals for you on any scooter you purchase from us.